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Default Choke Disengagement

On my ’05 carbureted custom my choke will not stay engaged (knob out) unless I hold the knob out. Is there a remedy to fix, or will a new cable solve the issue of the choke knob retracting in from vibration?

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there should be a plastic knurled nut the knob shaft goes through that if you tighten will solve the issue for you. mine does this from time to time and i have to retighten that plastic nut. why its plastic i have no idea. but it is the tensioner nut.

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Be sure to loosen the locknut behind the plastic nut, so it can move to increase tension. Then tighten the locknut after you have adjusted it. Don't expect miracles.

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found this video that shows you exactly ...
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tigger

thanks for the tip. I will check it out tomorrow. Although, I'm pretty sure my plastic nut is snug I will try adjusting it to see if that will give me the results I'm after.

thanks again
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The adjusting nut is plastic so that you can't overtighten it.

If tightening the nut doesn't work, it might be time for a new cable.
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Fingers only to tighten! Use pliers for e.g. and you could break it.
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My cheapskate solution to this problem was to clip a spring clothes peg on the shaft 'twixt knob and bracket to keep the choke on. When not in use, I clipped the peg onto the clutch cable near the handlebar.
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My cheapskate solution to this problem was to clip a spring clothes peg on the shaft 'twixt knob and bracket to keep the choke on. When not in use, I clipped the peg onto the clutch cable near the handlebar.
I see I'm not the only redneck engineer here. That was also my solution for my '04.
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